A DIY Guide on How to Make Natural Fragrances
Essential oils are very popular natural fragrance ingredients which are relatively safe. Perfume oils and alcohol-based fragrances have taken up residency in the natural perfume category. However, these oils are not natural oils. They are basically made of synthetic ingredients. Natural, as from Mother Nature herself, refers to essential oils for best results.
Ingredients used in the production of these natural perfumes include carrier oils such as coconut oil and jojoba oil which are enriched with skin-loving nutrients. There are also essential oils such as sweet orange, lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot and a host of others that give a pleasant scent and also have aroma therapeutic properties. These natural-based scents can actually be made in the comfort of your home. Do you want to know how to make natural fragrances?
1. The first step in making your own natural perfume is to choose a neutral base. If you want a perfume with a liquid consistency, use a high-proof alcohol such as vodka or perfume grade alcohol.
2. You could also use a thin oil such as almond and jojoba oils for this method if you want a perfume with a more viscous consistency.
3. Coconut oil can also be used as well. However, it can get a little heavy at times. In the end, it all depends on your taste and preferences.
1. This is the core of the process. Here you experiment and choose which scents are in line with your personality and style.
2. Your choice could be floral, sensual, alluring or even energetic and uplifting. Although you can take a stroll through your grocery store or pharmacy and check out what’s available in the essential oil aisle, it doesn't always speak for the quality. The internet will give you a greater variety of choices when it comes to essential oils. Careful here as well, not all is as it seems.
Check out the herbs and spice aisle if you're thinking of making an herbal infusion with your base oil. Once again, it all depends on your taste. There are lots of ways to combine scents so don't be afraid to be adventurous!
1. After a fruitful shopping excursion to the store, it's time for you to decide how you would like to apply your perfume.
2. If you decide to make an oil-based perfume, you should get roller balls. Roller balls give you control over the application and location of your perfume without staining your clothes and belongings.
3. On the other hand, if you decide to make an alcohol-based perfume, you should get a spray bottle.
4. If you're making a more solid perfume, a small tin or glass container should be used. Now you've got everything ready, let’s get started!
DIY Homemade Perfume
(Fills several small roller ball bottles)
●1 ounce almond oil
●1 ounce distilled or filtered water
●3 drops lavender oil
●5 drops peony oil
●3 drops sandalwood oil
1. Combine all the ingredients in the roller ball container and mix by gently rubbing the bottle between your palms. Roller balls typically come in one-third ounce sizes. So, unless you’ve got a two-ounce roller ball, you might want to have at least a half dozen on hand. You can always give your perfumes as gifts.
2. Your perfume is done! Apply to your wrists, behind your ears and wherever you like to and enjoy your created scent for the whole day!!
Simple at Best ...
That's right, this recipe is as simple as it gets. You don't have to be a mad scientist to create your natural perfumes. Just be willing to try something new and you'll know if it's something you'd like to continue.
Begin with basic essential oils such as lavender, sweet orange, grapefruit, spearmint, lemongrass, lemon, rosemary and peppermint. They’re priced on the lower end of the scale and won't break the bank to get started.
As your interest grows in natural perfumery, your inventory of essential oils will also grow. It might even be time for formal training.
That's it for this week.
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